Woods eyes 2012 comeback player award


The PGA Tour decided not to name a comeback player of the year in 2011, but Tiger Woods joked that he wants to earn it next season.

'I feel pretty good going into next year,' Woods said after winning the Chevron World Challenge.

'I think if I have a good year I should be on the ballot for comeback player of the year, so I'm excited about that.'

After finishing third in the Australian Open and winning his own event, it would seem Woods would be champing at the bit to play tournament golf. Instead, Woods is happy to be off until the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship next January.

'I've pushed pretty hard through this section here, starting at just before (the Frys.com Open). I have taken very, very few days off and I've pushed pretty hard,' he said. 'My mind and my body are wanting a little bit of a break. So I want to shut it down for a couple weeks and give it a chance to just kind of unwind and then start gearing back up for next year.'

During the competitive layoff, Woods said he has plenty to work on at home in Jupiter, Fla.

'Couple times out there I hit a couple loose shots, and that's because my backswing wasn't where I need to have it - and I know it,' he said. 'As far as being pleased, I'm pleased with the way that I'm able to fix my swing out there. I know what I need to do to do it right.'

Practice, however, can only do so much to replicate the nerves Woods said he felt down the stretch.

'[U]nder the gun I kind of got back into an old pattern, so obviously I need more reps and create a new pattern,' he admitted.

He then noted, 'When the pressure was on the most the last two holes, I hit three of the best shots I hit all week. That's very exciting for me.'